How I can help you
I have worked in the travel industry, with direct mail, publishing, pet care facilities and currently operate a non-profit based in Kenya. I also have rental properties in CA/CO/AZ, one of which was used as an AirBNB and all are independent LLC's. My strengths are start-ups, sales, marketing, web development, employee management, rentals and non-profits.
In the travel industry I first worked for a charter airline, then went on to manage multiple locations of a large national travel agency. Switching gears I went into publishing and direct mail marketing. I started several magazines in the Midwest and California which were later sold for a sizable profit.
As a sideline, I opened a pet care facility in SoCal which ended up being a much larger and more profitable operation than anticipated and was purchased by a national chain 10 years after opening. Dealing with live animals as well as numerous employees presented many challenges but was quite rewarding. I tackled a host of issues including point-of-sale software systems, google marketing and analytics, client retention programs, safety and workers comp protocols, leasehold improvements, payroll services and more. During this period I also opened a grooming salon which involved retail sales as well as service.
In retirement I now maintain my rental properties and operate a non-profit which provides education to marginalized children in Kenya. By far the most rewarding yet the most challenging work so far!
Areas of Expertise
- Business Finance & Accounting
- Business Strategy & Planning
- Business Operations
- Technology & IT Services
- Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
- Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
- Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
- Professional & Business Services
- Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations
BA Wichita State University, Focus on Business
CTC (Certified Travel Consultant)
DS (Destination Specialist - South Pacific)